Group rallies to ‘Stop the Violence’ in Pioneer Courthouse Square

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Amid a surge in shootings on the streets of Portland, a group held a rally downtown to encourage an end to the violence.

Through the Better Portland campaign, the World Wide Deliverance Church is hosting a ‘Stop the Violence’ rally Thursday at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Just this week, there have been several shootings in Portland, including one mass shooting downtown and a homicide.

Royal Harris, one of the organizers, said this is the first step to promoting anti-violence in the community and finding solutions.

The father of 18-year-old Shai’India Maikayla Harris, who was murdered in 2020, spoke at the rally.

“I want my daughter’s legacy to be remembered by movements like this. Platforms like this. Helping other kids, parents to rise above this,” Sam Howard said.

He said she would have been going to college this year, and that it is hard for him to see how many other people have been shot since her murder.

Portland Police say so far in 2021, there have been 803 non-suicide attempt shootings. 218 of those involved at least one injury. 263 people have suffered gunshot injuries, and there have been 61 homicides.

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